Lego Adventure Time Does Things Differently

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For the past couple of years, Lego and Adventure Time have been dreaming of a marriage between the two properties. Those dreams generally involved standard Lego minifigures. The official Lego Adventure Time are not standard Lego minifigures.

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It makes sense that the television show that changed the entire flavor of children’s animation offer a new flavor of licensed Lego product. Instead of trying to cram Princess Bubblegum, BMO, Finn, Jake, Ice King, Gunter, Marceline and Lady Rainicorn into tiny, compliant shapes, we get to build each of them from scratch.

Making an appearance at San Diego Comic Con this month but not going on sale until January 2017, the $49.99 Lego Adventure Time set is a box of bricks and instructions for creating a set of one to four inch-tall figures. My favorite is Lady Rainicorn, whose mane is made up of Unikitty tails, which is perfect.

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It’s all thanks to Lego Ideas creator aBetterMonkey, whose brick-built project gained the 10,000 supporters needed to be reviewed and made it through the process to become a real set. You’re a hero, aBetterMonkey.

Now we wait, or stare at the pictures long enough that we figure out how to build them on our own.

Kotaku elder, lover of video games, keyboards, toys, snacks, and other unsavory things.

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DISCUSSION

I think these are a little underwhelming, to be honest. Jake’s shape hasn’t been captured especially well, BMO is the wrong colour and the grey joints really stick out for me. Plus, while I respect Lego for taking a fresh approach to licensed themes, it kind of limits the appeal and usability... for me, at least.

Part of the appeal of licensed Lego sets is that it allows all the different IPs to inhabit a shared universe and aesthetic. It sounds silly, but I can stick my Ninja Turtles in my Ghostbusters firehouse and it works. It fits, because different elements fitting together is what Lego is built around. Hell, that’s the premise Lego Dimensions thrives upon. This is an anomaly, and it’s a shame when I imagine a bog-standard Adventure Time theme is something Lego could do without much difficulty. They aren’t exactly lacking for inspiration.